Pianist, Daniel Johnson, has been described by Yamaha Australia as “masterful and insightful”, and his Chopin described as “stunning” and “a true pianist” by the late, internationally renowned concert pianist, Dr. Marilyn Meier. Born and raised in Mount Isa, Queensland, Daniel began piano lessons locally with Pam Breen. After winning the Australian Yamaha Keyboard Award in 1998, 1999, the Yamaha Most Outstanding Performer of the year in 2000 at the National Finals, and the Queensland Arts in Focus Piano Championship, he was accepted into the Queensland Conservatorium of Music at 16 where he continued his studies for 4 years with Oleg Stepanov and Dr. Diane Selmon. He then pursued further studies at the School of Creative Arts, University of Southern Queensland for 4 years with concert pianists Renate Turini and Dr. Marilyn Meier, focusing on the piano music of Liszt, Chopin, and Mozart; he graduated with a Distinction in Piano Performance.
Upon his return to Australia, Daniel took up teaching positions in Sydney and Brisbane. He gives masterclasses, adjudicates, and examines for various piano competitions and eisteddfods across Australia. He has broadcast live recitals for the Australian MBS network as well as for the ABC as part of the City Hall Recital Series in Brisbane and the New Sounds Recital Series at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. He has presented research papers for international conferences such as the Inaugural Messiaen International Conference and has been invited each year since 2009 to present research and perform at the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia.
Daniel is currently recording the complete piano works of Australian composer/pianist Miriam Hyde. To date, he has recorded over 100 of her works and has catalogued her piano pieces for his YouTube channel. He has piano works dedicated to him by renowned Australian composer, Phillip Wilcher, and he has recently given world premieres of piano works composed for him by American composer, Forrest Starling.
Daniel holds Examination, Performance and Post-Graduate diplomas from the Australian Music Examinations Board, the Royal Schools of Music UK, Trinity College/Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, the University of Southern Queensland School of Creative Arts, Griffith University, and Central Queensland University. He is the current president of the Mount Isa Eisteddfod, patron for the MAC Australian Composers Piano Competition, holds postgraduate degrees in Education, Psychology, French and English Literature. He currently serves as an Academic Member for the Australian Society for French Studies. He is an advocate for female composers and Australian music, making it a rule to actively program both in all of his recitals.